) is a powerful abortive treatment usually
prescribed to combat migraine headaches and associated symptoms,
such as auras or light sensitivity.
There are a variety of administration options for Imitrex,
including tablets and injections. Imitrex Nasal Spray is one of the
fastest ways to administer Imitrex, second only to injections.
Relief typically begins about 10 to 15 minutes after use. For most
patients this medication will significantly diminish or eliminate
migraine pain and related symptoms.
Administration by nasal spray also makes the medication available
to patients unable to consume tablets due to medical or
Imitrex Nasal Spray is an abortive medication only and will not
prevent migraines from happening or reduce the frequency with which
they occur. It is not a cure for migraines. With the exception of
cluster headaches, it has not proven effective for any other type
Imitrex Nasal Spray and Cluster Headaches:
The cause of the extremely painful cluster headache is unknown, and
efforts to discover an effective treatment have been largely
unsuccessful. Imitrex Nasal Spray is one of few medications
available proven to reduce to the severity of cluster headaches,
though many patients find Imitrex
Though they work well for migraines, Imitrex Tablets have only a
marginal effect on cluster headaches.
Using Imitrex Nasal Spray:
Imitrex Nasal Spray, like other forms of Imitrex, is used as needed
as soon as headache symptoms are noticed. Though most effective if
used at the start of a headache, it will still help reduce pain at
later stages as well.
The usual dose is one spray in a single nostril. A spray in each
nostril is a double dose. Never exceed 40 mg of Imitrex Nasal Spray
in a 24 hour period.
If pain is not eliminated or reduced to tolerable levels,
additional doses may be taken as long as the total amount does not
exceed 40 mg. If taking multiple doses, wait at least 2 hours after
the previous spray.
It may be taken with or without food and water.
Some people do not respond to medications in the triptan class of
drugs, and Imitrex is not effective on headaches other than
migraines and cluster headaches. If Imitrex Nasal Spray has no
effect, speak with a physician about trying a different
Overdose of this medication may have serious consequences. Seek
medical attention immediately if more than 40 mg of Imitrex Nasal
Spray is taken.
Active ingredient: sumatriptan
Inactive ingredients: dibasic anhydrous sulfuric acid
potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate,
water, sodium hydroxide
All prescription and non-prescription medications carry some risk
of side effects and drug interactions. This is only a partial list.
It's important to read the insert included with the medication
for a complete list of warnings and side effects.
Imitrex has been widely used since its introduction in the early
1990s. Most side effects are mild and pass quickly. However,
occasionally some patients do have serious reactions to the
medication that require medical attention:
- Pain, tightness, or heaviness in chest or throat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Allergic reactions
Imitrex Nasal Spray should not be used if pregnant, planning to
become pregnant, or breast feeding.
Though very rare, some patients have suffered heart attacks while
taking Imitrex. It is unclear if the medication was a factor.
Imitrex may cause severe side effects or complications in persons
with certain health conditions:
- Poor blood circulation
- Coronary heart disease or angina
- Liver disease
- Ischemic bowel disease
Patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure should not use
Imitrex in any form.
Imitrex Nasal Spray is an alternative administration method to
deliver one of the most effective and fast-acting migraine or
cluster headache treatments currently available. Stop waiting for
the pain to stop!